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Packers' diagnosis is that Bryan Bulaga out with torn ACL

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Bob McGinn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 5, 2013

GREEN BAY—Tackle Bryan Bulaga, a mainstay of the Green Bay Packers' offensive line, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament Saturday night in the intra-squad scrimmage and will miss the entire season based on the diagnosis of the team's medical staff, a source told the Journal Sentinel Monday morning.

The damage was discovered by team physician Patrick McKenzie Sunday, one day after Bulaga was injured at some point in the 64-play scrimmage that featured live tackling.

The Packers, according to the source, now are focusing on how to replace Bulaga, who was shifted from right tackle to left tackle in May.

The Journal Sentinel also confirmed a report by Hub Arkush of Chicago-based hubarkush.com that Bulaga was in the process of seeking a second opinion from James Andrews, the famed surgeon in Florida.

Bulaga reported that his knee didn't feel quite right after the scrimmage. McKenzie's examination Sunday revealed the torn ACL.

The Packers are expected to move David Bakhtiari, their prized rookie, into the lineup for Bulaga. Coach Mike McCarthy, who canceled a practice scheduled Monday afternoon, was using the day to decide whether to go with Bakhtiari at left or right tackle. Marshall Newhouse, the other starter, can play either side.

Tackle Derek Sherrod, a first-round draft choice in 2011, still isn't ready. He hasn't played since suffering a devastating leg injury in December 2011.

Bulaga's father, Joe, told Arkush Monday that his son's MRI results had been sent to Andrews.

"We're waiting to see what he has to say," said Joe Bulaga, who lives in Crystal Lake, Ill. "Bryan said it feels good and he was able to finish the drills (after the injury). Right now we're just sitting and waiting."



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